Paros-Antiparos Kayak Adventure
Based On Double Occupany. Single Supplement Applies. $475
8 Days, 7 Nights
Based On Double Occupany. Single Supplement Applies. $475
Join us as we discover the island of Paros and its quieter sister Antiparos with our exciting Inn-to-Inn Sea Kayaking adventure in Greece! We'll kayak the vivid turquoise waters past the rose-colored marble cliffs, visit romantic soft-sand beaches, perhaps spot a seal or two, and dally in picturesque whitewashed villages. In the evening, we'll dine at charming seaside tavernas before we take our night's rest in intimate inns situated within the sound of the sea. Add in an array of traditional food specialties, locally-pressed olive oil, fascinating rock formations and a surprisingly sophisticated nightlife and you have everything needed for another great Northwest Passage adventure in Greece.
Day 1: Our cheerful Northwest Passage guides will greet you on the island of Paros at the airport or ferry port in Parikia and then we'll escort you to our bayside hotel just west of the main town of Parikia. You'll have time to settle in and we may offer a brief kayak orientation before meeting for sunset welcome drinks and the first of our delicious dinners on the island.
Day 2: Today our paddling begins in earnest as we finish outfitting our kayaks and go over the essential skills necessary for our short journey across the channel to the island of Antiparos, our base for the next two nights. After the channel crossing, we'll continue paddling along the beautiful seaside cliffs of Antiparos. This evening, we'll enjoy another delicious dinner together and perhaps sample some dried octopus or quince pie, specialties of the island.But fear not, there will be plenty of choices for less exotic palates.
Day 3: This morning, the small island of Despotiko beckons our kayaks and we may be able to add another small circumnavigation to our expedition. If time and conditions permit, we may enjoy continue spinning the fun meter with a stop at a beach for a special ancient Minoan spa treatment. There's the opportunity for hiking and some may take the option of exploring the famed Cave of Antiparos - but be prepared for 400 steps down into the depths - followed by 400 steps back up.
Day 4: Today we recross the channel from the southern tip of Antiparos and return to Paros. We'll head to the heading to the picturesque beachtown of Aliki, where we will spend the night.
Day 5: In the morning, our stalwart adventurers paddle past Cape Mavros, the southernmost point of Paros, before heading north toward the Pirgos peninsula. Then we scoot through the channel between Paros and the islet of Drionissi before reaching our ultimate destination for the night, the town of Piso Livadi with its charming harbor, traditional whitewashed buildings, and tamarisk -shaded beach.
Day 6: We end our paddling today near the busy resort town of Naoussa... but we've chosen a secluded hotel well off the beaten path in a spot of great natural beauty. Dinner is on your own tonight, with many choices in the thriving resort town of Naoussa.
Day 7: After our final day of paddling on the turquoise waters, we will have come full circle and we will now return to peaceful Paros Bay for our final night of celebration and congratulations. This is the moment when many of our guests ask if they can add another week or join us on our next island. You may be one of them!
Day 8: We'll share a final breakfast together. For most, in the morning there will be time for some shopping or additional sightseeing, before transfers to the harbor or airport for your departures. Those leaving from the harbor may have time to walk through the Church of Ekataportiani, renowned as a sacred healing spot for the Greek Orthodox faith and a cool refuge from the heat.
Trip details: Our planned accommodations for the week include intimate family-owned inns. Our trip is van supported the entire way. On most days, the van will meet us at the cappuccino and lunch stops. <P> **This itinerary is subject to change. We hope to see you on this spectacular adventure. Any further questions? Feel free to contact us!
"A wonderful way to see Greece... A wonderful mix of adventure, exercise, and relaxation. I can't think of any finer introduction to the Greek Isles. Thank you for sharing your passion, your expertise, and your sense of adventure. It was a trip of a lifetime with many fond memories." -Marie Z., Fort Collins, CO
"Dear Rick and Ryan - Kudos to you both for a great circumnavigation of not one, not two, but at least three Cyclades islands! Wow! Thank you! Also a special acknowledgement for your skills at finding outstanding inns and tavernas. They've been the best and so are you! Thanks too for bringing us together for the adventure. I so appreciate all the planning that the Northwest Passage does to make this such a special experience.Sincerely," -Karen C., Ottawa, ON, Canada
"I admire your sense of adventure in exploring new places-keep on expanding!" -Michael W., Goderich, ON, Canada
“Beautiful location with great activities fueled by taverna food! Yogurt and honey is my new favorite food.” -Peggy K., Oak Park, IL
“Wish I could stay! Ryan did a great job working with us and flexing the trip when necessary.” -Yvette K., Oak Park, IL
The paired islands of Paros and Antiparos are believed by geologists to have formed one island thousands of years ago. The original island was inhabited as early as 3200BCE and, according to mythology, the first king of Paros was a Cretan, Alkaios, who built the original city on the site of today's capital of the island, Parikia. Despite the mythology, the earliest inhabitants were actually part of the early Cycladic Island Culture which predates the Minoans. Later in Minoan times, the Cretans used the island as a naval hub, giving it the name Minoa. In the year 1100BC, another tribe of ancient Greeks, the Ionians, settled on the island. The Ionian's time on the island of Paros was short-lived, however. Within a hundred years the Ionians were attacked and defeated by the Arcadians, led by Parios, for whom the island is definitively named.
The Arcadians prospered on Paros for centuries. By the 8th Century BCE, Paros had become a maritime power, trading with the Phoenicians and even expanding its colonies to nearby islands. The primary source of wealth on Paros was its marble. The high-quality, semi-transparent marble was prized across the Mediterranean for the production of statues and temples. Masterpieces such as the Temple of Apollo, and the statue Venus de Milo are formed from Parian marble. Today, the ancient quarries remain but are owned by the state, and used only for archeological restorations.
In the 4th Century BCE, Paros fell under the control of the Macedonian Empire, then to the Romans, and eventually to the Byzantine Empire. During the Byzantine period many churches and monasteries were constructed, including the Church of Ekatontapiliani. located in the heart of Parikia. It is believed to have been built on the orders of Saint Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great. Columns from an earlier temple on the site are visible through glass panels placed in the floor of the church. The "Church of the Hundred Doors" is said to be a place of miracles; though legend has it that there are one hundred doors, only 99 are said to be countable.
In more recent times, Paros and Antiparos have welcomed many celebrities as residents. Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have a home on Antiparos. Both islands are popular yachting destinations as well.
During the Crusades of the 13th Century the Byzantine Empire lost control over the region, allowing Paros fall under Venetian rule. Like the areas around it, Paros also succumbed to the Ottoman Empire in the 16th Century. Paros remained under Ottoman control, like the rest of Greece, until 1821 when freedom was gained during the Greek War of Independence.